Course: Children´s and juvenile literature

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Course title Children´s and juvenile literature
Course code KBO/4117
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Valenta Zdeněk, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to children´s and juvenile literature; 2. Specifics of children´s and juvenile literature 3. Genre and thematic structure of children´s and juvenile literature 4. Authorial, modern fairy tale; 5. Great fairy-tale writers of Czech and foreign literature 6. Myths, fables and other epic genres in children´s and juvenile literature 7. Fantasy and Adventure literature for children; 8. Fantasy children´s and juvenile literature 9. Books of prose with children main characters 10. Magazines for children and juvenile reorders 11. Theatre, TV program and film/movie for children and juvenile viewers 12. Children´s and juvenile literature in Nineteenth century 13. Children´s and juvenile literature in Twentieth century 14. Contemporary children´s and juvenile literature

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The subject focuses on getting basic information about children´s and juvenile literature. It presents complex summary of Czech and world-famous writers, of famous literary-pieces for children. It introduces to students genre structure of juvenile and children´s literature and its progress. As an important part of the course, there is an interpretation of selected literary pieces of children´s and juvenile literature. Subject focuses on illustrations in children´s books and their authors, including animated and puppet adaptations of the books of children´s and juvenile literature. Students will learn about famous writers and unique literary pieces of Czech and world literature, that is meant to be read by children readers. During the seminars, students discuss topics connected with reading analyses and interpretation suitable for children and juvenile reader.
Student has basic information about children's literature the in the extent of high school curriculum, its development and important authors writing books for children and youth. Student is familiar with Czech and world literature for children and young people in terms of its development from the 19th century to the present. He has the basic knowledge of literary theory, has an overview of important authors writing books for children and young people and their works. Student is able to reconstruct the model reader of children's literature and adapts the explanation and interpretation of literary texts to it.
knowledge of the field on the level of GCSE exam knowledge of disciplines connected to the central domain of study knowledge of appropriate terminology

Assessment methods and criteria
attendance activity presentation test
Recommended literature
  • Čeňková, J. - Sieglová, N. - Dejmalová, K. Vývoj literatury pro děti a mládež a její žánrové struktury. Praha: Portál, 2006.
  • Gebhartová, V. Literatura pro děti. Praha: SPN, 1989.
  • Janáčková, B. Přehled vývoje literatury pro děti a mládež. Ústí n. L.: UJEP.
  • Mocná, D. - Peterka, J. Encyklopedie literárních žánrů. Litomyšl: Paseka, 2012.
  • Sirovátka, O. Česká pohádka a pověst v lidové tradici a česká literatura. Brno: AV ČR, 1998.
  • Urbanová, S. Historický vývoj žánrů literatury pro děti a mládež. Ostrava: PF OU, 1998.
  • Urbanová, S. Meandry a metamorfózy dětské literatury. Olomouc: Votobia, 2003.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching of Czech Language and Literature for the 2nd Stage of Primary Schools and for Secondary Schools (A14) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter